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Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King Review

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King

Release: 21/12/2017
Publisher: FDG Entertainment
Developer: astle Pixel LLC
Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie, Switch Reviews
PEGI: 10+
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The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s greatest franchises. There have been many games that have tried to be just like the Zelda games. Some have been good clones, while others not so much. Its very rare that a game manages to be a homage to Zelda, but also has its own identity. Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King for the Nintendo Switch is a game that will make you think of one of the Zelda franchises best games, A Link to the Past, right away. Does the game manage to have its own identity too? Is it a good game?

I love Blossom Tale’s story. This game has such a unique framing device: a grandpa telling his grandchildren the game’s story. And this device doesn’t stop at the beginning of the game, it continues throughout the game, with the grandpa and kids commenting on whats going on. Not only that but at certain points in the game, the player is asked to make a decision in the story: Pirate Queen or Bandit Ninja? for example. This story is, frankly, beyond cute. You would have to be souless not to enjoy it. And you know what? The game is a lot of fun to play too!

Blossom Tales borrows a lot from the Legend of Zelda series, especially A Link to the Past, but it also introduces new types of puzzles and bosses. It features some funny NPCs and some cool villiages too. The gameplay in Blossom Tales is always fun, though sometimes it can be a little hard. Thankfully, the game saves a lot so you won’t have to repeat solved puzzles if you die, although you may have to backtrack a bit if you are in a dungeon. The game’s teleport system is also pretty handy.

Not everything about Blossom Tales is perfect though. Unlike Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past, there is no dashing to be had in this game so sometimes walking around can seem a little slow paced. This game also doesn’t make use of any Nintendo Switch specific controls such as the touch screen or motion controls. However, if you’ve played A Link to the Past, you should feel right at home with the game’s controls.

Blossom Tales controls a lot like A Link to the Past. The controls are easy to pick and play for any one who has played that game and shouldn’t be too hard to learn for anyone who hasn’t. I found nothing at all wrong with the way the game controls. The analog and button controls are perfect. Blossom Tales, overall, is a really good game.

If you love old school Legend of Zelda, especially A Link to the Past, Blossom Tales is an easy recommendation. The gameplay is very similar to that Nintendo classic and yet it has its own identity and some modern conveniences like saving and teleporting back to places. That said, the gameplay isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. I’m not saying thats a bad thing, but it would have been interesting to see a few twists in the gameplay or at least some interesting Nintendo Switch control additions.

Overall, if you are A Link to the Past fan, you’ll want to play this game. Even its graphics pay homage to that Nintendo classic!

Blossom Tales’  graphics will remind you of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Everything from the characters in the game to the various environments will remind you of it. That said, the game has its own identity too, with pixel art that you’d never see in a Zelda game. Blossom Tales, without a doubt, is homage to A Link to the Past and not a ripoff. This is really good looking game. Zelda and action/platformer fans will absolutely dig this game’s graphics.

Blossom Tales also has really good music and sound effects. I wouldn’t say that the music is exactly Zelda level, but its nothing to sneeze at either. Zelda and music fans in general will enjoy this games melodies as they hack and slash there way through this brillant game!

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King is a tribute to the Legend of Zelda, while also having its own very unique identity. I love this game’s story and how its told. And its actual gameplay, while very similar to A Link to the Past, doesn’t feel stale at all and I love Blossom Tales new additions to the gameplay like teleports and auto save. If you love the Legend of Zelda series at all, especially A Link to the Past, then you’ll love Blossom Tales too.

Blossom Tales:  The Sleeping King is currently available on the Nintendo Switch eshop.

 

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Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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